Out now: Issue 317 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 317 of Passenger Transport

Issue 317 of Passenger Transport is published on July 12. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Our motto is simple: move fast and fix things’ The new secretary of state for transport, Louise Haigh, says transport is ‘central to achieving the missions for government that the prime minister has committed...
‘Our motto is simple: move fast and fix things’

‘Our motto is simple: move fast and fix things’

The new secretary of state for transport, Louise Haigh, says transport is ‘central to achieving the missions for government that the prime minister has committed us to’   DfT’s ministerial team (left to right): Lilian Greenwood (future of roads), Simon Lightwood (local transport), Louise Haigh (secretary of state), Lord Hendy...
A sector poised for growth

A sector poised for growth

Our sample of public transport professionals expressed optismism about the sector’s future   We are at the beginning of a new era for the country – and perhaps also for the public transport sector. This month’s general election saw voters indicate their desire for a change of direction – but...
Transport’s GOAT is great appointment

Transport’s GOAT is great appointment

  In Peter Hendy, we have a minister who understands the public transport sector and the role it can play. Big challenges await him   Peter Hendy, pictured during his time as chair of Network Rail   Congratulations to Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill on becoming a ‘GOAT’. He is...
Ireland challenges car dependency

Ireland challenges car dependency

  Instead of continuing with the car-dominated policies of the past, Ireland has boldly prioritised public transport and active travel   Transport minister Eamon Ryan, pictured last year at the launch of a new electric bus fleet for Athlone, County Westmeath   Ireland’s ‘celtic tiger’ boom (between the mid-1990s and...
A railway ready for renationalisation?

A railway ready for renationalisation?

  As the new government begins bringing the railway back under public ownership, it would be wise to look at the history books   Coming soon: Great British Railways   I was in a boozer in Lancashire on election day, chewing the fat with a couple of old lags from...
Green light for open access expansion

Green light for open access expansion

Andy Comfort reflects on the rise of Hull Trains and Lumo and the future of open access rail under a new Labour government   Hull Trains managing director Martijn Gilbert (centre) and service delivery director Louise Mendham welcomed shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh during the election campaign   Some may...
A twin-lane approach for growth

A twin-lane approach for growth

Regulatory reforms can help change buses long-term but there’s much we can do in the short-term   Arriva is piloting an innovative new marketing and communications campaign to promote bus travel and encourage growth   By Alastair Hands, Arriva UK Bus It’s been remarkable to see how the level of...
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Scottish Transport Awards 2024

Scottish Transport Awards 2024

The Scottish Transport Awards took place on June 20 in Glasgow and you can read all about the winners in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view Scottish Transport Awards Book of Winners 2024.     If you are viewing the site on a tablet or mobile device, tap here to...
Who is offering the best plan for transport?

Who is offering the best plan for transport?

Ahead of next week’s general election, Robert Jack reports on the key transport pledges in the manifestos of Great Britain’s main political parties     Addressing a conference in London last month, Professor David Begg warned that the UK was lacking a vision for transforming transport in a way that will delivery essential economic, social...
CPT seeks clarity on future of £2 fare cap

CPT seeks clarity on future of £2 fare cap

The Labour Party’s manifesto makes no mention of the cap, which has supported the bus industry’s post-Covid recovery over the past 18 months   Labour’s manifesto makes no mention of the £2 bus fare cap   Bus operators have expressed disappointment at Labour Party’s silence on the future of England’s £2 bus fare cap. The...
Agenda for action - 20 steps for success

Agenda for action – 20 steps for success

  The outcome of the election looks increasingly certain, but the aftermath is unclear. But what actions should we be looking for?   Louise Haigh looks set to become the next transport secretary   Just a week or so to go before the General Election – what a long drawn-out campaign it has seemed –...
Renewed 36 is the perfect bus service

Renewed 36 is the perfect bus service

  Transdev Blazefield’s flagship bus route is the textbook study for those looking to see the benefits of investing in customer service   The launch event epitomised the sense of positivity and community engagement that is the bedrock of the 36’s success   I’m spending almost every waking hour these days on buses, doing customer...
Wrightbus aims for NewPower market

Wrightbus aims for NewPower market

The Ballymena-based manufacturer has become the first OEM in the bus sector to launch a diesel to battery-electric repower solution for customers   First Bus Streetdecks under conversion at the NewPower facility   There’s no doubt the electric bus revolution is in full swing, but for some years many have tried (and more often than...
CBT sets its manifesto for next government

CBT sets its manifesto for next government

Rail reforms and a minimum service level for buses are key asks     The Campaign for Better Transport has published its general election manifesto, outlining its transport asks for the next government.   The manifesto calls for prioritising investment in public transport, walking, and cycling over road building. It also advocates for replacing short-term...
Begg - Edinburgh must future-proof its buses

Begg – Edinburgh must future-proof its buses

Professor David Begg has warned his home city to respond to an increase in bus journey times by extending bus lane hours and vociferous campaigning   David Begg (right) with Edinburgh Bus Users Group chair Harald Tobermann and his dog Buster   It’s a warning that could be applied to cities across the United Kingdom,...
The good, the less good and the ugly

The good, the less good and the ugly

  It’s that time of year, six months in, for my customary half-term report on how the public transport sector has been performing   The good… Keeping it affordable and simple Let’s be honest, if we cannot get folk to travel by bus when the fares are only £2 then we might as well give...
Bus franchising: one size does not fit all

Bus franchising: one size does not fit all

SYSTRA’s Richard Jeremy and Maqbool Alibhai explain how the future of the UK’s buses will be built on a variety of approaches   There’s a buzz in the bus world about Greater Manchester’s Bee Network   In the recent Westminster Hall debate on transport in the West Midlands, shadow public health minister Preet Kaur Gill...
Begg - transport policy has gone backwards

Begg – transport policy has gone backwards

Former government advisor laments direction of travel over last 20 years and warns that Labour’s policies won’t deliver transformational change   Professor David Begg urged Labour to build HS2 to Crewe   Former government transport advisor Professor David Begg says the UK is lacking a vision for transforming transport in a way that will deliver...
What will July 4 mean for transport?

What will July 4 mean for transport?

  Rishi Sunak surprised everyone – including many in his own party – by calling an election which will most likely end his time in office   Things can only get wetter: Rishi Sunak’s Downing Street announcement   There have, Heinz-style, been 57 varieties of prime minister since the post was established with Sir Robert...